Holly Parker, Ph.D., is a lecturer at Harvard University, where she teaches the psychology of close relationships, and a practicing psychologist and Associate Director of Training at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. She obtained her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychopathology from Harvard University, where she was a Karen Stone Fellow and Sackler Scholar. She re-specialized in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her clinical practice, Dr. Parker has worked with people across an array of issues, including relationships, self-esteem, trauma, mood, anxiety, emotion regulation, health and lifestyle, addiction, grief and loss. She is the author of When Reality Bites: How Denial Helps and What to Do When It Hurts, and If We’re Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?: How to Build Intimacy with an Emotionally Unavailable Partner.